A rainy wedding is a good sign.
Generally, rainfall on The Day means the gods are smiling (crying?) down on you. If you're having a wedding on a beach or outdoor garden, however, make sure you offer eggs to St. Claire for clear weather.
A wedding should be held on dates that end with an upward stroke.
Notice how most weddings are scheduled on dates ending in 0, 5, or 8? That's because those numbers end in an upward stroke, which presumably corresponds to an upward movement in fortune. And if you believe the Chinese, weddings on every 8th of the month are the luckiest of all.
A wedding shouldn't be held on the 22nd of the month.
If you look at the number 22 closely, you'll see that it resembles a couple bent over in misery. Therefore, it follows that weddings on that date will lead to miserable unions as well.
Siblings shouldn't marry within a year of each other.
Otherwise, they'll attract a particular form of bad luck known as sukob. This belief is so entrenched in the Filipino consciousness that it inspired a horror movie of the same name. If the siblings insist on the inauspicious wedding dates, the one marrying later should pass through the back of the church instead of the front.
The spouses-to-be shouldn't fight before the wedding.
Or if they do, and the groom walks out, the bride should take his shirt, hang it over a stove, and beat it so that the groom will come back and repent.
The bride mustn't wear pearls on the wedding day.
Since pearls are considered the "tears of oysters," a bride shouldn't wear them, unless she wants to suffer throughout her marriage. She can wear other pieces of jewelry that complement her gown, though.
The bride's engagement ring shouldn't be pear-shaped.
Before grooms propose to their beloved, they should make sure the ring they're about to give her isn't pear-shaped. Otherwise, she'll be shedding pear-shaped tears for the rest of their wedded days.
The bride mustn't wear her wedding gown before The Day.
Even if she's worried sick about whether the dress fits or not, a bride must never put on her gown before her wedding day. Otherwise, bad luck will follow. The same goes for taking pictures of the gown, or allowing the groom to see the bride in the gown before The Day.
No one should wear black clothes during the wedding.
Since black is the color of mourning, clothes in that color are a no-no on happy occasions like weddings.
The groom should get to the wedding before the bride.
This is for good fortune.
However, he shouldn't sit down before his beloved does.
Unless he wants to become a henpecked husband (ander de saya).
The bride should step on her husband-to-be's foot on the way to the altar…
…if she wants an ander de saya husband.
The candles to the couples' side must be kept lit at all times.
If either of the candles blow out first, the spouse-to-be closest to the candle that blew out will die first.
The bride should be the only one to pull out her wedding ring.
Anyone else who does the same will have an antagonistic relationship with the bride.
Breaking plates during the wedding is a sign of good luck.
Dropping objects like rings, veils, and arrhae is unlucky.
Unmarried people shouldn't serve as ninongs or ninangs (sponsors/witnesses).
Otherwise, they'll remain unmarried for the rest of their lives.
Single women should follow the spouses-to-be's footsteps.
If a single woman wants to become a bride soon, she should trail the newlyweds (with their express permission, of course).
Guests shouldn't gift the newlyweds with knives and other sharp objects.
Like the Chinese, Filipinos believe that knives can cut through good luck — or, in the case of couples, good marriages.
Instead, guests should give arinolas (chamber pots).
We're not really sure why this particular implement symbolizes good luck. Perhaps it's because it keeps all the "filth" (i.e. bad luck) in one place?
Guests should shower the newlyweds with uncooked rice.
Since grains of rice represent prosperity, tossing them at a couple after their wedding means wishing that couple wealth and happiness.
Whether the couple will be happy or not depends on the "love doves."
If the doves used in the reception fly together, it means the couple will have a happy marriage. If they fly apart, it doesn't bode well for the marriage.
Becoming a widow on a new moon is a good sign.
It means the widow's about to have a new husband soon.
Do you believe in any of these? Or do you know of other wedding superstitions Filipinos believe in? Let's get the discussion ball rolling in the comments!